21 January, 2022

AUTHOR: James Dowen

STAR PREVIEW Fri: Watford v Norwich City

The destination of the Premier League title is surely already done and dusted but there’s still some sort of battle to avoid relegation, and this game is absolutely crucial for both Watford and Norwich.

Both are rooted to the bottom of the form table, with the pair managing just four points between them in the last six games – with all of those points being earned last weekend. Norwich ended Rafa Benítez’ miserable stint at Everton with a 2-1 win at Carrow Road last weekend, scoring more than one goal in a match for only the third time this season. All of the attention was on Benitez post-match, but victory was deserved, with twenty-year old Adam Idah outstanding in his partnership with Teemu Pukki, whilst a hardworking midfield shift from Josh Sargent and Pierre Lees-Melou played a key role.

Watford v Norwich City
Premier League
20:00 Sky Sports Main Event HD / Sky Sports Premier League HD / Sky Sports Ultra HD

(Maximum 10 matches)
SEP 2021 PREMIER LEAGUE Norwich 1-3 Watford
APR 2021 CHAMPIONSHIP Norwich 0-1 Watford
DEC 2020 CHAMPIONSHIP Watford 1-0 Norwich
JUL 2020 PREMIER LEAGUE Watford 2-1 Norwich
NOV 2019 PREMIER LEAGUE Norwich 0-2 Watford
MAY 2016 PREMIER LEAGUE Norwich 4-2 Watford
DEC 2015 PREMIER LEAGUE Watford 2-0 Norwich
FEB 2015 CHAMPIONSHIP Watford 0-3 Norwich
AUG 2014 CHAMPIONSHIP Norwich 3-0 Watford

Watford managed to grab an equaliser against fellow basement battlers Newcastle, which was a much-deserved outcome after winning the shot count 18-12 and the shots on target count 5-1, and it would have been hard to begrudge them victory if they’d taken any of the numerous chances they’d created.

Watford’s superior attacking quality – they’ve scored 13 more goals in two less games this season – and home advantage (Norwich have won just one of their ten away matches in the league) mean that they’re favourites but there’s no appetite to take 21/20 about them in this game, even against Norwich.

Despite both sides lying so low in the table, their games haven’t lacked goalmouth action and Over 2.5 goals could be the best way to play this. Watford do carry a genuine threat – their frontline of Emmanuel Dennis, Joshua King and Joao Pedro have scored 15 times in the league this season between them – and they ought to be confident of scoring against a Norwich side with just three clean sheets all season.

However, Watford’s defence is hardly waterproof – Ranieri’s side have conceded 22 goals at Vicarage Road this season – and it wouldn’t be a surprise if Norwich could get a rare away goal this evening, given that both teams have scored in seven of Watford’s last eight matches.

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